Palate Shifter Imperial IPA | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

1,444 Ratings
Palate Shifter Imperial IPAPalate Shifter Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hops, and lots of them. The aroma is bursting with the classic citrus and pine aroma of American-grown hops. The flavor is dominated by a hoppy bitterness, with just enough malt to make you want to take another sip. (Formerly known as "Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA.")

Added by John on 02-13-2006

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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2.93/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky amber. Lots of sediment. Good-looking fluffy white head, about two fingers-worth, which shrinks half a finger. Attractive lacing. In the bottle, the aroma seemed more hoppy than in the glass. Smelling mostly sweetness, malt. Mouthfeel is ok. Not much carbonation, none of that oily feel I like. I'm not getting much of the hops. A little alcohol kick. Some sourness, too. I was going to have one of these at Canterbury Ales in Huntington, NY on tap this afternoon, but had to leave after one Dogfish Head 90 Minute. Maybe it's my bottle, but I'm not impressed. This beer isn't exactly the ultimate for hop lovers as the bottle claims.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to LAmbandTunaPhish for hooking me up with this gem!

A-Pours light golden straw color with a two finger head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Citrus fruits, pine sap, and light malt

T-Light malt sweetness up front, small amounts of candied sugar with a nice blend of herbal and citrus hop bitterness. A slight spiciness creeps in at the end.

M-Light to medium body, high carbonation.

O-Solid imperial IPA well balanced and very drinkable, especially considering it's 9%.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ahhh the local nectar! Just got a growler from a batch kegged 2 days ago and put on tap at the brewery 2 hours before the pour. Fresh!

Into a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a clear gold with nice orange hue. Solid 2 finger white foamy head, foamy ring clings to glass as it recedes. Great lacing!!
Smells of pineapple and grapefruit with a creamy like background malt. Nice pine esters too.
Tastes of caramelized malts and grapefruit/orange peel bitter. A tad of tropical fruit mostly overpowered by hop bitterness. A kind of lemon squeezer finish. Nice!
Creamy mouth feel that quickly fades to near puckering bitter with tight focused short lived carbonation that is kind of like the finish of pop rocks! Not a hint of the 9% alcohol content!

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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1640th Review on BA
Bottle to Cervoise

Thanks to Thegerm87 for this one

App- A very glowing orange with a bit of small yellows intermixed down towards the bottom. A very large two finger head that was more of a puck sliding down the beer. Very white and dense and slow to recede. The center of the beer was more like a pillar of orange.

Smell- A very nice hoppy and piney aromatic beer. Started off a bit of a deep citrus and then parlayed over to that piney and hops aroma with a bit of a creaminess to it. More full on the nose and a bit boozy and grainy. Wasnt as layered as I would like but nice all the same.

Taste- I would call this a good beer that reps the style of the west coast well. This had a huge pine and hop flavor but was still really balanced. It did drink like the 9% ABV. It was large and citrusy. The dominant flavor was the hops though. Semi-overshadowed the balancing malts and citrus.

Mouth- A larger medium body with a good dense medium carbonation. The bubbles created a nice creamy flavor and the residual pine stuck around for a while. More citrus was left with a little white pepper.

Drink- This was very good. I had not heard about this beer before it was sent. It did live up to the numbers on here. I would like some more of this one.

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Palate Shifter Imperial IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,444 ratings.
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